I have hardwood floors in a house that I will be renting out. The floors
are in fairly good shape, but they should at least be "lightly refinished".
By that I mean that I think that doing something like a light steel wool
cleaning and then applying a coat or two of polyurethane will work. I don't
think they need any sanding, and I think sanding would take too much off.
They don't have to end up being perfect, just cleaned up and a protective
coating of polyurethane put on top.
My question is about the steel wool or other similar cleaning/buffing. How
do people do this and/or what do they use? Is it okay to use one of those
rotary type floor cleaning machines with a steel wool pad or other type of
pad for the cleaning part? Is there something else that may be better or
easier such as those square type orbital or vibration machines that places
like Home Depot rent out that are usually next to the belt style floor
Good point. I am planning on getting a couple of estimates. And, while
doing that, I hope to get more of an idea of what the options are and how
they would do it. If they say it's just a quick clean-em-up and apply
polyurethane, I may end up just doing it myself.
Nobody else said it, so I will- get some of the crud stripper from
Bruce, or another name brand, and clean the floors first, with the
rotary buffer and the appropriate pad covers. A lot of what you are
seeing as damage may just be crudded up wax or consumer-grade floor
polish applied by previous occupant. Same place you rent the buffer
should have the stuff in gallon cans, and the pads to apply it with.
I've seen really nasty looking floors come back well enough that they
only needed minor spot sanding and touchup.
I agree. If a pro can come in and knock it out for a reasonable price, I
may just do that.
I hadn't even thought about the pole sander idea. For some of the rooms,
they need very little in terms of clean up, so I may be able to just do a
quick light sanding with a pole sander and the recoat with polyurethane.
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